During the Tishomingo tournament, the Davis Lady Wolves defeated Atoka 43-40.
The Lady Wampus Cats play Davis on the Wolves’ home floor on Thursday at 6:30 p.m. as part of the Class 3A regional tournament.
Davis (15-8) defeated Little Axe 56-37 to advance, while Atoka doubled up Coalgate 58-29.
Lady Wolves’ coach Jeff Brown said his team’s defensive performance against senior guard Shaylynn Bass, a three-point shooter, and senior forward Makayla Stephens was instrumental in the Wolves’ win in the first meeting between the teams.
“Being familiar with your opponent is always helpful,” he said. “They’ve got two players that are really good. We knew that in the first game, and we did a good job on them. That was the reason we were able to win it.
“If you’re going to beat them, you better do a good job guarding those two players.”
Brown added that he’s added some new wrinkles to the game plan for Thursday.
Fundamentals — reducing turnovers and hitting free throws — take up a significant portion of practice time, Brown said, due to his team’s youth. That’s his No. 1 concern — fundamentals.
Nonetheless, the Lady Wolves’ mentality is a positive one, Brown said.
“We are very confident in what we’re doing right now,” he said. “We are so young, that it’s taken us a while to get the point we’re at right now. We feel like we’re playing really good.”
His team has won four of its last six games. The two losses were when Plainview defeated Davis 52-34 on Feb. 13, and Tishomingo escaped with a 43-42 win at home against the Lady Wolves.
“We felt like we had a couple chances to win it late in the game,” Brown said.
Through the first three quarters against Little Axe, Davis built about a 30-point lead.
“My top seven or eight players never played again,” he said.
“We’re playing really good right now and we’re confident. As long as we stay consistent, and keep getting better, we sure like our chances of moving on.”